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Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit In person full day workshop

Event Details

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
9:00am-3:00pm PT
Gladish Community Center View Room, Pullman, WA

​A daylong workshop for leaders of small, all or mostly volunteer organizations wanting to learn the basics on how to deliver on your mission.

Your organization exists to make a difference. A group of people got together—maybe including you—and founded a nonprofit corporation to tackle an important issue. That corporation is like a car. It has a shape and size, it needs to be registered, and the people in the car matter. You need fuel to propel it forward.

During Tools for Running an Effective Nonprofit, we will cover the basics of running a nonprofit. We will draw on tested tips and tools, including NAWA’s four learning toolkits on boards, finance, law, and planning. You will leave with concrete next steps on how to strengthen your organization to better achieve your mission. Join us on this road trip to a strong nonprofit!

Topics include:

  • The right size for your organization to be sustainable
  • Legal and finance information to compliance and protection
  • Budgeting
  • Program design
  • Volunteer management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant readiness

You will leave ready to:

  • Define to others what success looks like for your organization
  • Name one way your organization can be more sustainable
  • Name two elements to track for legal and financial compliance and protection
  • Explain how your programs tie back to your mission
  • Describe how your organization understands overhead
  • List at least two things that need to be in a volunteer or board job description
  • Name one way your organization can raise money without spending any money

A light meal will be served. There will be plenty of breaks for networking and connection, and you will have opportunities to ask about specific resources your organization needs.

Important Information About COVID-19

To ensure the health and safety of attendees at our in-person events, NAWA will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities regarding infectious diseases such as COVID-19. These regulations may change rapidly, so please check current government guidelines for the event location before attending. Please do not attend an in-person event if you feel sick or are showing symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19 or another infectious disease. We ask attendees who test positive within a week of the event to contact us so that we may notify other participants of a potential exposure. NAWA will keep the identity of the person testing positive confidential. NAWA will provide masks at all in-person events and anyone attending should feel comfortable requesting or wearing one. 


$30 for NAWA Members, Pullman Chamber Members, and Idaho Nonprofit Center Members

$60 for Not-yet-Members – Interested in becoming a NAWA Member? Learn more about membership here.

Cost should not be a barrier to participate. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for board, volunteers and staff of smaller organizations. Anyone who wants to know nonprofit basics and have concrete actions to move their organizations forward will find something in the day. While a team is not necessary, it is helpful to have at least two people from an organization.


Audio: Speakers will use a voice amplification system.

Interpretation: Please indicate during registration if you have an interpretation request. Typically, we need at least two weeks in order to schedule an interpreter.

Visual Descriptions: Presenters will include visual descriptions of themselves, slides, and other visual aids to give a person who is low-vision or blind a sense of space and place.

If you have additional accessibility requests, please let us know when you register.

About the Speaker

Gabriel Cruden
Whether you are a board member, staff member, or volunteer, Gabriel Cruden, Connections Consulting, wants your time and effort to be valued and to make a difference towards your mission. Gabriel has worked in the nonprofit, economic development, community development, education, and communications sectors. He has served as volunteer, staff member, executive director, grant writer, grant reviewer, and board member. Gabriel currently owns and publishes a regional magazine and sits on several boards, including the Leadership Council for the Innovia Foundation. He is passionate about connecting people and causes to the resources they need, especially in rural northeastern Washington.

Gabriel Cruden
Nonprofit Association of Washington
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
Washington Secretary of State Corporations & Charities Division
Idaho Nonprofit Center
Innovia Foundation

Questions? Contact Nonprofit Association of Washington

Phone: (855) 299-2922 x108

Email: [email protected]

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